When Illinois football is making headlines in May, it's never good.
Two Illini players were charged with theft after they admitted to stealing, or "relocating," a statue from a nearby park. Jimmy Marchese, a junior linebacker from Vernon Hills, Ill., and Drew Murtaugh, a sophomore linebacker from Crystal Lake, Ill., appeared in Champaign County Circuit Court on Friday and were charged with theft of property worth between $500 and $10,000.
The property is a deer sculpture from Scott Park, which was allegedly removed on April 29 and placed atop their residence. According to The News-Gazette, on May 5, police received a tip that the statute was spotted on the roof of Marchese and Murtaugh's apartment building, which sits across the street from the park. If convicted, penalties for the two men include probation and jail time (up to five years.)
The takeaway here: "Relocating" is the same as theft.